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captioning sponsored by cbs >> quijano: the death toll keeps rising. california's most deadly and destructive fires rage into a second week. many are still missing. >> here baby. >> quijano: for one family a joyous reunion. >> it was one of the greatest moments of my life. >> quijano: also tonight u.s.-backed forces announce the final save of a bat toll retake an isis capitol. new developments this weekend in the harvey weinstein scandal. more accusers come forward as the movie titan is ousted by the oscars academy. >> and we have liftoff. >> quijano: and a time capsule record album made for space aliens, now available to
this is the "cbs weekend news." >> quijano: good evening, i'm elaine quijano. one week after wildfires erupted in northern california, more than 200 people are still listed as missing. the official death toll is at least 40. 75,000 remain under evacuation orders. 5700 homes and businesses are destroyed. chris martinez is in santa rosa. >> reporter: once sprinting flames have slowed to a crawl but continue to wreak havoc. in sonoma county another home was reduced to ash. thousands more are still threatened. >> we're not out of the woods yet but we are making tremendous progress out there. >> reporter: massive plumes of smoke still blanket california's wine country as fire crews continue their relentless assault from above, and on the ground. hard hit areas like santa rosa, a lucky few are finally going home as officials begin to lift
evacuation-- evacuation orders. >> jack weaver returned to his mother's home expecting to recover the body of the family's dog izzy that ran away when the weavers fled the fire. >> izzy, come here, baby. >> reporter: he instead had this joyous reunion. >> hey, baby. >> it was one of the greatest moments of my life. she came bounding out and it was, tears, happiness. >> reporter: other evacuees are finding refuge at area businesses like cully williamson's restaurant. for days many with nowhere else to go have gathered here for comfort and food, free of charge. >> we just thought if we can get open, we can at least be a place where people can come by and just kind of recharge. >> reporter: but mean time you are evacuated too. >> yes, yeah, yeah, my family's been evacuated out of sonoma. >> reporter: do you have any idea when you get to go home? >> no, i don't.
i'm hoping sometime next week but i don't know. >> reporter: investigators say it could be weeks before they can pinpoint the exact cause of these fires. elaine, officials believe the fires here in sonoma county should be fully contained by friday. >> quijano: chris martinez, thank you. a new cbs news poll out today finds most americans continue to call for cooperation between president trump and congress. nine out of ten trump supporters like or accept the idea that the president making deals with democrats. on the other side a majority of the president's opponents are fine with democrats cutting deals with mr. trump. with many saying that's how washington should work. with that in mind,er's errol barnett. >>. >> reporter: after several failed efforts to repeal the affordablecare ak through congress, president trump decided to go it alone cutting $7 billion in o-- obamacare subsidy payments through executive sord, senator graham voiced support for the president's latest action. >> this is stopping payments to insurance companies. aetna has had a 470% increase in
hair stock prices since the aca, significant ma 480, humana 420%. >> reporter: but not all republican senators see that as positive. >> what this money is used for is to help low income people afford their deductibles and their copays. >> reporter: president trump is under pressure to show despite any major legislative achievements, he is accomplishing something. >> i'm announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification. announcing he may desert fie the iran nuclear deal unless congress addresses his concerns. secretary of state rex tillerson. >> we want to ensure though that our friends and allies and the other parties to the nuclear agreement have great clarity around the president's policy. >> reporter: other members of the president's national security team appeared on tv today detailing what the commander in chief wants. >> he has set out a marker. a marker to the iranians and to our allies and partners that we
have to fix fundamental flaws in this deal. >> they can't be continuing to support terrorism around the world like we are seeing they do. they can't continue to test ballistic missiles which will lead to a nuclear iran. >> reporter: ambassador hayley also emphasized that president trump does not want to allow iran to go down the same road as north korea. and that north koreans too should be on notice that this administration would not enter into what the president sees as a bad deal. elaine in. >> quijano: errol, thank you. >> how are president trump's actions against the nuclear deal playing out in tehran? elizabeth palmer is there. >> reporter: iran is a complex place. and iranians hold wildly different opinions on everything from women's dress to the role of women. and there is political dissent here too. the violent demonstrations that erupted after the 2009 election showed how passionately millions of young people oppose some
aspects of the regime. but on friday night, president trump's words drew iranians together in indignation and outrage. foreign minister zarif. >> i believe what president trump achieved was to unify iranian people. and i'm very happy to see that today iran is more united than ever. >> reporter: it took two years of hard negotiating to get the nuclear deal signed in 2015. on the strength of it, the moderate president hassan rouhani was re-elected in a landslide. not because decades of suspicion and aggression between the u.s. and iran melted away, but because at last there were clear rules to bind both sides. >> this deal is not based on trust. the nuclear agreement is based on mutual distrust. we have very clearly defined steps that we will take.
>> reporter: now though iran could choose to redefine the steps it takes in areas that could have a profound effect on the united states, the war in syria, for example. and the government knows thanks to president trump it can count on the support of its people. elaine. >> quijano: elizabeth palmer, liz, thank you. >> u.s.-backed military forces in syria announced the final phase of the battle to retake the isis capitol raqqament holly williams is in northern syria. >> reporter: isis is on its last legs in raqqa. the city that was once the so called capitol of the islamic state stretching from syria and into iraq. u.s.-backed forces already control around 90% of raqqa and local leaders say that 275 isis fighters were evacuated from the city today in buses, along with roughly 400 civilians. on friday and saturday, another 100 isis fighters also surrendered according to u.s.-backed forces taking around
500 civilians with them. now that is probably an indication of just how desperate those isis gunmen have become during a four month long seige by the u.s.-led coalition, in many other places we've seen isis fight to the death. the remaining isis fighters in raqqa are holed up around what was the city's sport stadium. isis seized raqqa in early 2014 and then terrorized its people for over three years with public beheadings and a half interpretation of islamic law that is unrecognizable to most muslims. elaine. >> quijano: holly williams reporting, holly, thank you. >> more than 275 people are dead after two truck bombs exploded in somalia. they went off yesterday in the capitol mogadishument more than 200 are wounded. the al-qaeda-linked militant group al shabaab is suspected. there were new developments this weekend in the harvey weinstein scandal. the oscars academy voted to oust the movie titan from its
ranksnd at least two more accusers have come forward. here's tony dokoupil. >> reporter: british actress lysette anthony says harvey weinstein stalked and abused her for years starting in the 1980s. the truth is that weinstein raped me, the actress told the london sunday times, not in a hotel suite with champagne and cavier on tap, but up against a coat rack on a gray morning in my own home. london police are now investigating that allegation and three new claims of sexual assault made by a second woman, all reportedly involving weinstein. in all, the oscar-winning producer is facing dozens of sexual misconduct allegations, two criminal investigations and a reputation that has flipped from famous filmmaker to infamous predatory in less than two weeks. on saturday the academy of motion pictures arts and sciences expelled weinstein promising an end to the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicit in sexual assault.
>> women face an excruciating decision when sexually harassed. take the abuse or take on a culture where the odds are stacked against you. >> reporter: a year ago grechen carlson's sexual harassment allegations against fox news c.e.o. roger ailes helped force his resignation. >> it must stop. >> reporter: today in a commentary for cbs sunday morning, the former fox news anchor and author of a new book about har rasesment-- harassment voiced the hope of many. >> when one woman speaks up, titans fall. when we all speak up together, we have the power to change the world. >> reporter: harvey weinstein says all his relationships have been consensual however with so many claims against him weinstein has lost his job and his wife has left him. in a statement she said her priority now is caring for their two young children. >> quijano: tony, thank you. the british isles are bracing for a lashing from hurricane ophelia, the storm is expected to lose strength before hitting the west coast of ireland
>> quijano: two weeks after 58 people were killed in the las vegas massacre, dozens of the more than 500 wounded remain in the hospital. here's jamie yuccas. >> reporter: 45 victims of the las vegas shooting are still in the hospital. many still in critical condition. but signs of hope are appearing. 27 year old tina frost who was shot in the face woke up from a coma friday. on a go fund me page her mother says frost took three steps to a chair and three steps back with the help of nurses. another victim rachel shepherd has a long road to recovery. >> rachel has had four major surgeries. she's still recovering in icu. we appreciate any pray ares and thoughts for her.
>> reporter: lawyers for shepherd filed a temporary restraining order against mgm which owns mandalay bay to prevent the company from destroying evidence. >> we are asking that all the evidence that we have listed in our motion be preserved for rachel. >> reporter: a judge will make a decision on the motion this thursday. >> maria mackert and brian merkey work for allegiant airlines and were at the las vegas airport when the shooting started. >> did you ever think you would be in this position to be helping these people? >> this is not something anybody can plan for. >> reporter: three people scaled a fence and started running toward them on an active runway. they brought them into the company hangar then more victims started pouring in. >> some of them were just completely hysterical, i mean crying, not talking to anybody. >> reporter: they say they are vegas strong just like the sign added to the mandalay bay this weekend. elaine, artifacts are also now being collected for a remembrance exhibit at the clark county museum. >> quijano: jamie yuccas, thanks. up next, a whistle-blower tells
>> quijano: tonight "60 minutes" talks to the highest ranking drug enforcement administration official ever to turn whistle-blower. he describes how the dea's efforts to crack down on the opioid epidemic were derailed. bill whitaker has the story. >> this is an industry that is out of control. what they want to do is do what they want to do, and not worry about what the law is. and if they don't follow the law in drug supply, people die. that's just it, people die. >> reporter: joe rannazzisi is a tough, blunt, former dea deputy administrator we are a law degree, a pharmacy degree and a smowlderring rage at the unrelenting death toll from opioids, his greatest ire is reserved for the distributers, some of them multibillion dollar
fortune 500 companies. they are the middlemen that ship the pain pills from manufacturers like purdue pharma and johnson & johnson to drug stores all over the country. rannazzisi accuses the distributers of fueling the opioid epidemic by turning a blind eye to pain pills being diverted to illicit use. >> this is an industry that allowed millions and millions of drugs to go into bad pharmacies and doctors' offices that distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs. >> who are these distributers. >> the three largest distributedders are cardinal health, mckesson and amerisourcebergen. they control probably 85 or 90% of the drugs going downstream. >> reporter: you know the implication of what you are saying, that these big companies knew that they were pumping
>> quijano: this past week an fda advisory panel endorsed a pioneering gene therapy for a rare form of blindness. here again is errol barnett. >> it's the most horrifying feeling just seeing everything fade away over time. >> reporter: most of 17 year old christian guardino's life has been a blur. when he was born with lca, a genetic mutation that leads to a life of blindness his mother beth felt hopeless. >> he was my first born, so, sorry, it was devastating. we were alone. we were completely alone in this.
>> until four years ago when beth found dr. jean bennett and her husband dr. albert maguire, they've been dedicated to reversing hereditary blindness for two decades, they say this new treatment could be a turning point. >> we took the normal copy of that gene and delivered it to the cells that were defective. >> reporter: after providing treatment, researchers tested their 41 patients visual ability with an obstacle course like this. christian nailed it. >> he could navigate the obstacle course using dimmer light levels than he had ever been able to do it. and he was able to do that both accurately and quickly. >> reporter: patients have reported being able to lead more fulfilling lives. for christian who has loved to sing since he was a little boy, that meant performing on america's got talent. ♪. >> i walked out on that stage all by myself. all those judges, i saw them and
i saw them, say saw their reactions. >> reporter: errol barnett, cbs news, silver spring, maryland. >> quijano: fantastic. anthony mason spoke with cbs news medical contributor tara naryou willa about the significance of this treatment. >> why is this such a big deal. >> this is the first time a genetic therapy has been used to treat a inherited disease. this lca is a disorder that has no treatment, it has no cure. people can really only see in very bright light, they see blurree vision and eventually lose their vision and become extremely visually impaired over time. so what this does, anthony is when you talk to children, for example, who got this treatment, they tell you they are able to see the moon, to see the stars, to see the snow falling on their mother's face. that is the significants of this. >> reporter: are there others who could potentially benefit. >> what this really does is open the door for treatment of other inherited retinal disorders in terms of progressing sciesk
>> quijano: we end tonight with humanity's message in a bottle to the cosmos. they are known as the golden records. earth's family albums produced by the great american astronomer carl sagan were launched into space 40 years ago. as alex wagner reports time capsules meant for alien ears are now available to humans. >> and we have liftoff. >> since blasting off more than 40 years ago, the voyager 1 and 2 space craft have traveled billions of miles leaving the solar system far behind. but before they left on their never-ending journey, nasa scientists equipped both probes with these, identical gold-plated records containing photographs, along with two hours of sounds from nature,
spoken messages in 55 languages. >> hello from the children of planet earth. >> and a variety of music from bach to chuck berry. the idea, if alien space explorers ever discover the voyager probes, they could learn the story of planet earth. >> i send greetings on behalf of the people of our planet. >> reporter: now those sights and sounds can be seen and heard back here on tera firma. oz ma records has remastered the audio, published the images and is offering it to collectors as a boxed set. >> throughout the project we have been in close touch with all of the people who created the original voyager record. it was really important for us to feel that the work that we created respected their vision. >> the project raised more than a million dollars on kick
starter in about a month. >> the voyager golden record, you know, was a gift from humanity to the cosmos but it is also a gift to humanity. >> while this conpendium of humankind is now available here on earth, it will be another 40,000 years before either of the voyager probes and those gold records reach another plan tear system. but that didn't stop saturday night live from once joking about the first interstel-- interstellar record review. >> the four words that will appear on the cover of time magazine next week are, send more chuck berry. alex wagner reporting, in case you are wondering the golden records were sent into space with record players and instructors. pretty amazing. this is cbs weekend news for this sunday, i'm elaine quijano in new york. thank you fo
now, at six: news people across t live from the cbs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. >> feeling optimistic. we are turning the corner. we are getting them. >> at 6:00 p.m. the news people have been waiting to hear for a week. >> but it comes too late for thousands of families who lost their homes. the view from sky drone 5 shows the devastation from the wildfires goes on and on and on. and good evening. >> firefighters may have turned the corner but they are not out of the woods. this was the view of huge flames and lot of smoke in sonoma county. it is burning east of santa rosa near highway 12. charred 500 acres.
15% contained. today we spotted this flair up in santa rosa. because of the steep terrain firefighters have been tackling the flames from the air and controlled burns to try stop the fire from spreading south to homes. >> in all the wine country fires have left at least 40 people dead but tonight more of the missing have been found safe. that number stands at 174. the fires burned 217,000 acres since they broke out last sunday night and destroyed 500 structures. cal fire said many people who were forced to evacuate will soon be able to go back home but they will have to be patient. >> over the next 24 hours you will see lot of repopulation plans coming out. it is very important for us to phase those repopulations in appropriately at different times throughout the day so we don't